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Sunday Soapbox: Why Do We Play Social Games?

Harshil PatelMarch 28, 20103 min read

I think it’s a bit harsh to say that social gamers are “weird”, as Newsweek recently put it… But you have to dig a little deeper than face(book) value to understand the attraction of playing casual games with actual friends on the (social) web. In the end, it all boils down to the fact that people like playing games with their friends,…

No Farmville For Pakistan Players

Harshil PatelMarch 26, 20101 min read

A Facebook page titled Everybody Draw Mohammed Day infuriated Pakistan officials with its promotion of portrayals of Mohammed, leading them to ban Facebook until May 31st. The page asked users to create and upload images of Mohammed as a protest against Islamic Extremists’ threats against portrayals of the holy man. The page is blocked until the end of the month but the…

Pet Society Offers New WWF Bear Items

Harshil PatelMarch 24, 20101 min read

For quite some time now, Playfish has been supporting the World Wildlife Fund (the WWF) with animal themed decorations and costumes in their pet simulation game Pet Society. That tradition continues now with the release of bear themed items in the game, with 10% of the proceeds from these WWF-inspired items going to the WWF itself. If you want to…

Facebook Now Visited More Than Google

Harshil PatelMarch 17, 20101 min read

According to data from Hitwise (as reported by Inside Facebook), Facebook now receives 7.07% of all internet visits in the Unites States on a daily basis, taking the crown from Google, which brings in 7.03% of all visits. While Google’s web dominance has been fairly steady over the last year, Facebook has grown by leaps and bounds, raising from less than…

FarmVille Dog Clues and New PetVille Challenges: Sherlock Pet & Animal Rescuer

Harshil PatelMarch 16, 20103 min read

New PetVille challenge alert! Perfect for all you FarmVille fans out there, Zynga has added a crafty new cross-promotional challenge called “Sherlock Pet”. Sherlock Pet – Find the 3 FarmVille Pet clues scattered in your and your neighbors’ rooms to unlock a special PetVille farm-themed gift! Click on the clue laying on the floor of your room. Then visit your neighbors to search…